For Immediate Release: February 14, 2013
In Governor’s Absence, Wielechowski to Hold One-Man Debate on Oil Taxes
JUNEAU – Senator Bill Wielechowski (D – Anchorage) announced today that he will proceed with a one-man debate on oil taxes, since Governor Parnell has so far refused his invitation to present their differing views in a live public forum.
During the solo presentation, Senator Wielechowski will present the Administration’s claims regarding oil taxes and offer a competing perspective, based on facts provided by the Administration and its consultants.
The presentation will take place at Begich Middle School on Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"This is the most pressing issue facing Alaskans today," Senator Wielechowski said. "The public deserves to hear both sides of the story. In the Governor’s absence, I will do my best to present both sides, relying on facts everyone agrees on."
Wielechowski noted that if the Governor’s proposal is enacted, it will plunge the state into deficit spending this year, precipitating cuts to education, public safety and other critical state services. As a result, the public needs to be fully engaged in this debate.
"I encourage all Alaskans to educate themselves about oil taxes," Senator Wielechowski said. "No other issue has the potential to affect our future so much and cause so much economic devastation. This is not a debate to ignore."
Senator Wielechowski reiterated his offer to debate Governor Parnell "any place, anywhere, anytime" on oil taxes.
WHO: Senator Bill Wielechowski
WHAT: Presentation and Discussion on Oil Taxes
WHERE: Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center Drive
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 11am – 1pm.
This presentation is open to members of the public and the media.
For more information, contact Senator Wielechowski at (907) 465-2435 or firstname.lastname@example.org